Thursday, September 5, 2013

Afghan Militants Kill Female Author from India; Woman Wrote Book on Life under Islamist Militia

Suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan today (September 5, 2013) shot dead a Hindu Indian woman whose memoir about marrying a Muslim Afghan and life under the Islamist militia was made into a Bollywood movie, according to the CBS News website.

The killing of Sushmita Banerjee was the latest in a string of attacks on prominent women in Afghanistan, adding to fears women's rights in a country where many women are barely allowed outside the house will recede even more after U.S.-led foreign forces fully withdraw in 2014.

The militants arrived before dawn at Banjerjee's residence in eastern Paktika province, which lies in Afghanistan's east -- a region where the Taliban are especially influential.

The militants then dragged Banerjee outside, took her to a nearby road and shot her at least 15 times, provincial police chief Gen. Dawlat Khan Zadran told the press. The Taliban places several severe  restrictions on women, including banning them from working and prohibiting them -- as well as young girls -- from attending schools.

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